46.6 degrees Celsius! Hot desert temperatures in the cold northwest of the United States. For three days now, an intense heat wave has swept the region as far as Canada.
For comparison: the average normal temperature is 26 ° C in summer …
The scorching heat hit an area not designed for such conditions. Hint at what cost will come with climate change.
→ In Portland, Oregon, public transportation, especially trams, has been cut off due to melting power cables.
→ Heat bubbles form in the streets and burst.
→ Workers spray the draft bridges with water so that the steel bars do not bend in the heat.
What does 46 degrees Celsius do to the human body?
“Temperatures like this mean great stress in the body’s circulatory system. The skin acts as an air conditioning system: it produces sweat, blood vessels expand, blood pressure drops and the heart has to pump more forcefully. Circulatory stress is a particular problem for people with heart disease.”
In how many degrees does it become hard on the body?
“From a room temperature of 28 degrees, the body’s cooling mechanisms face challenges. Outside, the load depends largely on wind conditions and solar radiation.”
What’s the best thing to do in such heat?
“Reduce the room temperature, darken (bedrooms) during the day and ventilate well. Also stay in the shade, avoid physical exertion, and enjoy a cool-to-tepid shower instead of an ice-cold one.”
Questions were answered by Dr. Martin Scherer, Director of the Institute and Comprehensive Clinic for General Medicine at UKE in Hamburg
The US Democratic senator noted in a statement on Monday that it is becoming more urgent to convert infrastructure to green energy, to stop greenhouse gases and protect people from such extreme heat. “Washington State was not made for temperatures like this.”
► “Climatology knows that climate change increases the frequency, intensity, and duration of heat waves,” explains Kristi L. Eppe, professor at the Center for Global Health and the Environment in Seattle, Washington, in Bild. She has been studying the effects of climate change and health for more than 25 years.
“The future is in our hands. Everything we do to reduce emissions matters”
Our expectations are that these trends will continue. But what the Pacific Northwest is witnessing now will come sooner than our predictions have shown.”
Climate change has always affected people and the natural system. The magnitude of the risks coming in a warmer future will depend on the amount of policies and programs that are enacted to improve preparedness. And of course to what extent greenhouse gases are reduced. Bottom line: the future is in our hands. Everything we do to reduce emissions matters.”
Dim Cuomo, a researcher at VU Amsterdam and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, explains at BILD how the current heat situation in North America and Canada arose.
“This is a weather system that can be very persistent. It brings clear skies and very high temperatures. If such a weather condition persists, a few beautiful sunny days will turn into a heat wave. Such extreme weather events are becoming more and more likely with man-made climate change.”
→ The reason: The greenhouse gases from coal, oil, and gas not only make it warmer everywhere, but they can also change the great air currents in the sky above us. These air currents often determine the weather on Earth. Then there could be more or more extreme weather.”
Como’s photo: The high-altitude wind system known as the jet stream usually moves eastward and creates a wave pattern between the equator and the North Pole. In doing so, he always pushes the weather ahead. If this wavelength range often stops longer, then weather conditions often stop longer. There are a number of factors involved, but we are changing the odds with man-made climate change – not in our best interest. There are usually weather systems that come and go every few days. Heat bells like those now occurring in parts of the United States could last much longer. This heat can actually build up and lead to long-lasting heat waves.”
→ In principle, this affects not only the USA. Other regions of the world have also seen record temperatures this month, including the Russian Arctic, for example. Near Verkhoyansk, known to be one of the coldest places in the world, a new high of more than 40 degrees Celsius was recorded on June 21, according to satellite data from Copernicus, the European Union’s Earth observation programme.
This surpassed the previous record of 38 degrees Celsius, which was measured near Verkhoyansk last year. Here in Europe too, it is often hotter for longer due to changes in atmospheric flow patterns. “
With the increase in vaccinations, the cost of rapid tests for corona can soon be affordable. Now the Ministry of Health has proposed a date. But there must be exceptions.
The Federal Ministry of Health proposes to end free rapid coronavirus checks for all citizens by mid-October. Since the direct vaccination offer can now be made to all citizens, the permanent cost to the taxpayer has not been determined, according to the ministry’s report on the additional measure in the fall and winter, which was sent to the states and the Bundestag. It is available to dpa.
So it is proposed that the federal government end offering free citizen testing to everyone in mid-October, around October 11 or 18. Only for people who cannot be vaccinated or for whom there are no general vaccination recommendations, such as women who are pregnant or under 18, should the free rapid tests continue.
“Fees don’t get charged all of a sudden overnight”
“Free citizen testing has made an important contribution to breaking the third wave and giving citizens more safety in their daily lives,” the report says. Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the Prime Minister as announced by the Federal Government.
Deputy spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer said rapid tests “suddenly should not become subject to fees overnight.” Since March, the federal government has been paying for at least one rapid test per week.
He uses people as weapons for his power politics. Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko (66) flees the masses to Europe to take revenge on the European Union.
Since June this year, thousands of refugees have been illegally brought into the European Union across the Lithuanian border. Perhaps the reason is the EU sanctions after the Belarusian authorities hijacked a Ryanair plane at the end of May.
As of August 2, there were 3,832 migrants picked up by Lithuanian border guards in the middle of the jungle and housed in hastily set up refugee camps along the border with Belarus. 2,555 of them are Iraqis, indicating the astonishing technique used by the torture dictator.
Because of all places, there have been flights to Belarus since May 2021, which were previously suspended due to the Corona crisis and lack of demand. The BILD chronology shows how regular scheduled flights became smugglers’ flights.
► in April “Iraqi Airways” announced, as before the crisis, to connect the two capitals of the two countries with a weekly flight and a medium-sized Boeing 737 aircraft.
► Anfang Mai It was then said that they wanted to fly twice a week – with each Boeing 737-800 and thus about 180 seats per flight.
► In June, Iraqis increased the number of flights to four flights per week due to high demand. Iraqi Airways is no longer using Boeing 737s, as originally planned, but rather large-capacity Boeing 777 (“Triple Seven”) and 747s (“Jumbojet”), with a capacity of approximately 400 passengers per flight.
► AM 1. August Then the announcement that from now on there will be weekly flights from Sulaymaniyah and Erbil in the north of the country and Basra in the south, in addition to four weekly flights to Baghdad. This means that the airline will offer nearly 2,000 seats per week from Iraq to Belarus as of August!
What the airline did not reveal – return flights from Eastern Europe to Iraq are as good as empty.
The former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania asks for Germany’s help!
This was confirmed by Linas Linkevicius (60), Lithuania’s foreign minister until last year, to BILD.
He says: “This ‘refugee influx’ is not a natural process, but an act of hybrid aggression by Belarus. It is the regime’s reaction to EU sanctions and pressure. Lukashenko threatened to flood Europe with drugs and migrants. Most of the illegal immigrants currently come from Iraq.”
According to Linkevicius, the dictator in the neighboring country “ordered his border guards not to stop migrants, but rather to help organized groups to reach the borders.” According to the former Lithuanian foreign minister, the regime of dictator Lukashenko was already promoting an “easy” route to Europe in Iraq, where even flights would be organized.
And indeed: the connection between Erbil and Minsk established on August 1 is fully booked from August 2 to October 30 – this is all 2,300 seats available for this period! It is clear that someone is buying whole sets of road tickets … with dire consequences for the EU country Lithuania.
According to Linkevicius, the situation for small Lithuania is “both logistically and materially intolerable.” No one (!) who has arrived so far has received a positive asylum decision.
Instead, Lithuania is counting on the rapid repatriation of illegal immigrants and “steps are being taken to significantly enhance border protection with Belarus. However, traffic is increasing and capacity is decreasing.” This is why the small country is reaching its limits.
The former top Lithuanian diplomat (from 2012 to 2020) is demanding “logistical and diplomatic assistance” from Germany and the European Union. The 60-year-old said clearly: “We need technical measures for border control and we need additional temporary accommodation. Tents, beds, power generators, etc.”
But not only that: Linas Linkevicius calls for a difficult path against the dictator Alexander Lukashenko and “Iraqi Airways”, who play the game of Belarusian dictatorship with refugees with full eyesight. We need more pressure and additional sanctions against Belarus, sanctions against the organizers of all stages of smuggling, and we need to pressure airlines to stop their flights. You have to admit that a large portion of the departing “tourists” do not return.
A man (48) raped and strangled journalism student Azra Gulindam Haitoglu (21 years old) in Antalya Province and buried her dismembered body in a forest.
Particularly cruel: According to identical media reports, the killer is said to have carved his name on the dead woman’s body with a razor blade.
Therefore, he is the civil engineer and real estate agent, Mustafa Murad Ayhan. He is said to have confessed to committing this atrocity. He and Haytoglu allegedly drank alcohol together, and then a “dispute” occurred, he told investigators.
A surveillance camera filmed him leaving his house with a suitcase several times on the evening of the murder. Inside: body parts. After his confession, he led the police into the woods where he buried them.
The student has been missing since last Wednesday. Around midnight, her sister called her – after which she could no longer be reached. Her body parts were not found until Monday.
After it became known, women’s rights groups called for a demonstration and criticized: “It is the patriarchal state and its anti-women policies and the judiciary that protects the perpetrators and does not conduct effective investigations.”
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Background: Turkey withdrew from the so-called Istanbul Agreement in March. The agreement commits states to prohibit physical and psychological violence against women and also to take action against female genital mutilation, forced marriage, and forced sterilization.
In the specific case, women’s rights activists accuse investigators of locating the student’s cell phone too late.
According to the organization We Will Stop Femicide, 300 women were murdered by close men in Turkey last year alone, and the group has counted more than 140 acts since the beginning of the year.